Child Homicide: Parents Who Kill

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CRC Press, Aug 15, 2006 - Law - 297 pages
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From governments that enact population-limiting legislation or commit wholesale neonaticide, to families who purposely allow a weak, infirm, or unfavorably gendered infant to perish rather than expend limited resources, neonaticide, infanticide, and filicide, are practiced on every continent and by every level of cultural complexity.

Taking an objective and diagnostic approach, Child Homicide: Parents Who Kill examines the crime of neonaticide from all angles including historical, cultural, psychological, and legal. Expanding on the first edition, published as Endangered Children: Neonaticide, Infanticide, and Filicide, this edition details child homicide in its many forms such as shaken baby syndrome and Munchausen-by-Proxy as well as the differing circumstances involved in infanticide and filicide. Unlike many books on the subject, it investigates the behavior of the father--deemed responsible in roughly 75 percent of these cases--whether aggressive, complicit, or merely absent, and his ultimate culpability under the law.

The authors study the influence of today's media, and how its lightning-fast dissemination of these shocking and often complicated stories affect public opinion, copycat crime, and legal bias. This book explains legal defenses including insanity, differential post partum diagnosis such as post-partum psychosis, and discusses new policies, more appropriate, therapeutic punishments, and preventive measures.

Child Homicide: Parents Who Kill places this phenomenon in its historical, cultural, and human context and makes us realize that this is not just someone else's nightmare.
 

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It's interesting how you come to conclusions about Jamie Goodrum's husband without ever even talking to him. You are way off base, and full of crap. I know what I'm talking about because I am that husband.

Contents

An Endangered Species throughout History
1
Who Are th Perpetrators?
19
Chapter 3 Motives for Murder
41
Chapter 4 Neonaticide and Its Alternatives
61
Chapter 5 Neonaticide and the Law
81
From One Form of Child Homicide to Another
97
Chapter 7 Postpartum Depression Disorders
117
Chapter 8 Infanticide and Filicide by Parents and Their Surrogates
131
Political and Other Arguments
175
Preventive Measures
197
Chapter 12 Concluding Thoughts and Recommendations
215
Appendix A
221
Appendix B
231
References
245
Index
283
Back cover
299

Chapter 9 Neonaticide Infanticide Filicide and the Law
151

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